Free entry – Donate online or at the museum Open 10am – 5pm daily

Plan Your Visit Opening times, directions, facilities, accessibility and other FAQs

  • Free museum entry. Charges apply for certain activities.

    A small donation can make a big difference. Find out how you can support our work.

  • Museum of Science and Industry
    Liverpool Road
    M3 4FP
  • Open 10am to 5pm every day
    except 24 – 26 December and 1 January.
  • Our café is open 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Read our facilities and accessibility guide.

    Download a map of the museum.

Travel notices

  • Water Street will be closed for approximately 5 months from mid-April due to engineering works taking place on the Ordsall Chord. If you plan to drive to the museum, please check your route before travelling as diversions will be in place around the museum. 
  • The above closure does not affect ticketholders to The Welcoming Party event, taking place 4 – 16 July. Ticketholders may still use the Water Street entrance.
  • The Ordsall Chord engineering works will also affect trains coming in and out of Victoria station at various dates and times until October 2017. If visiting the museum by train, please check your route before travelling.

Visitor notices


How to get to the museum

Open Travelling by Metroshuttle (free city centre bus)

All 3 Metroshuttle services stop on Byrom Street, just 5 minutes’ walk away.

Visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website for more information about the free bus service.

Open Travelling by Metrolink (Greater Manchester tram network)

Our nearest Metrolink stop is Deansgate–Castlefield, which is serviced by all trams except for:

  • Line F: Manchester Airport – Cornbrook
  • Line G: Bury – Etihad Campus
  • Line I: Rochdale Town Centre – Exchange Square
  • Line J: Firswood – Manchester Airport

Deansgate–Castlefield tram stop is 10 minutes’ walk away.

Visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website for more information about the Metrolink tram service.

Open Travelling by bicycle

You can lock up your bicycle on Lower Byrom Street just outside our main entrance.

Visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website for more information about city centre cycle routes.

Open Travelling by train

Our nearest railway station is Deansgate, which is 10 minutes’ walk away.

We are 15 minutes’ walk away from Manchester Oxford Road station, 25 minutes’ walk away from Manchester Victoria station, and 30 minutes’ walk away from Manchester Piccadilly station.

You can travel to Deansgate station on the train from Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Oxford Road railway stations.

The free Metroshuttle bus service stops at all city centre railway stations. All 3 Metroshuttle services will bring you within 5 minutes’ walk of the museum.

Visit the Transport for Greater Manchester website for more information about travelling by train to Manchester.

Open Travelling by car

If you’re travelling into the city from the motorway, head towards the M60 ring road around Manchester, and look out for the brown tourist signs directing you to the Museum of Science and Industry.

The postcode for your GPS satnav is M3 4FP.

Our car park and the nearby NCP car park on Water Street are now both closed but you can:

  • Park all day for £7 at the Park Avenue RCP car park (8 Albion Street, M1 5NZ) when you tell them you’re visiting the Museum of Science and Industry
  • Find the nearest NCP car parks
  • There are 3 accessible (disabled) parking spaces on Lower Byrom Street next to our main entrance, provided by Manchester City Council.

Frequently asked questions

Open Do I have to pay to visit the museum?

No. Entry to the museum is free, but certain activities and some special exhibitions are chargeable. We will always tell you about any charges on our website.

If you’ve been fascinated by a feat of human ingenuity, or intrigued by an incredible invention during your visit, please consider leaving a donation before you go, or you can donate online. Any gift, large or small, makes a real difference to our work.

Open Do you have lockers?

Yes. You can hire a small locker for £1, or a large locker for £2. This charge is non-refundable.

Lockers are on the lower-ground floor (basement) of the Great Western Warehouse. Go down the staircase between the shop and the Warehouse Café.

Open Can I take photographs in the museum?

You can take photographs in all of our galleries for personal use using a hand-held camera, but there may be photography restrictions in some exhibitions for copyright reasons.

If you’re a commercial photographer or journalist, please contact our press office before you visit the museum.

Open Is there somewhere I can leave my pram or buggy?

Yes. We have a buggy park next to our main entrance—though please take valuable items with you as we don’t secure this area.

Open Do you have a prayer room?

Yes—in the 1830 Warehouse. Please let one of our team know you would like to use the room.

Open Can I bring a large group of people?

Yes—and if you’re visiting with more than 10 people, you could save money on some of our attractions by booking in advance.

Book a group visit

If you’re visiting in the next 5 days, please call our booking team on 0161 833 0027.

If you would like to book a visit for a school, college or university group, please complete our school visit booking form instead.

Open Can our coach or minibus park on the museum site?

No, sorry. Please ask your coach driver to drop off and pick up just around the corner on Liverpool Road, where there are 3 coach parking bays. Coaches that stop in front of our main entrance cause congestion.

Contact us

If you need more information to help you plan your visit, please call us on 0161 832 2244 (9am to 5pm daily) or email and we’ll get back to you within 5 working days.